July 5th, 2012
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Which cities can boast more than a dozen bagpipe factories? Edinburgh? Glasgow? How about, Sialkot, Pakistan?

Sialkot is located in north-east Pakistan, some 125 kilometers from the capital Lahore. Legend has it that the city started making bagpipes during the British Raj, when a Scottish businessman came to town and set up a factory.

More than a century later Sialkot is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of bagpipes, with more than a dozen bagpipe factories, both big and small.

The bagpipe business became so successful that manufacturers started making and exporting other specialty items - including staples of American culture such as vintage basketballs, American footballs and even replica civil war uniforms.

Today the city manufactures hundreds of items. Sports companies such as Nike and Adidas make their soccer balls here. Dozens of kinds of musical instrument, and even surgical equipment, are made in Sialkot.

Naeem Qureshi, of the Sialkot chamber of commerce, told CNN’s Reza Sayeh that the city's exports are increasing, and are now worth $1.4 billion.

While Pakistan often makes headlines these days because of militant attacks and extremism, local manufacturers say security concerns are overblown. Pakistan has plenty of space, as well as cheap raw materials and labor. And local businesses say Sialkot is a perfect example of why it pays to invest in Pakistan and do business there.

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  1. thatsmyviewpoint

    Reblogged this on That Is My Viewpoint and commented:
    Reading this made me happy and proud.

    July 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  2. joinur shigri

    tht great...

    July 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
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    July 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  4. Sara Khan

    Lahore is not the capital, its islamabad

    July 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  5. Aj

    This report reminds me of a saying, "OLD WINE IN A NEW BOTTLE". same pretty old repeated story.

    July 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  6. The blind piper

    They may have great success, but they are scamming potencial pipers and leaving them with an instrument mor suited to be thrown in to a closet or hanging on a wall than to be played.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  7. Genius Cucallatus

    Bagpipes, better than bombs!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:40 am |
  8. medhat

    Fun to learn English for free

    July 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  9. The Blind Piper's Daddy

    @the blind piper, I stopped reading when I saw that you misspelled 'potencial'.

    July 9, 2012 at 5:56 am |
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